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The institution's principal publication for alumni, friends and physicians.
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  New Formula for Lower CT Radiation Dose for Children  
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  Medical Center Rated Top Hospital For 5th Year in a Row  
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  Artificial Implants Replace Damaged Cervical Discs  
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  UC Davis Study Finds C-Section Safer for Breech Births  
     
  UC Davis Medical Center Among Top 50 Hospitals  
     
  Grant Aims to Improve Care of Chronic Illness  
     
  Patients' Requests Influence Doctors' Behavior  
     
  Career Satisfaction Down in Ob/Gyn Nationally  
     
  Cancer Center First in Clinical Trials Enrollment  
     
  New Chronic Disease Management Program  
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Artificial implants replace damaged cervical discs

UC Davis Medical Center is the first institution in Sacramento and among a small number of hospitals in the nation to implant artificial cervical discs in patients with degenerative disc disease.

"We are seeing an evolution in spine surgery," said Kee Kim, UC Davis assistant professor and chief of spinal neurosurgery. "The current standard of treatment is rather crude in that it changes the mechanics of the spine and may cause stiffness in the neck. The artificial implant is designed to preserve motion, and could potentially eliminate complications with fusion."

UC Davis patients with degenrative disc disease are participat- ing in a randomized clinical trial comparing the current standard of treatment — replacement bone and spinal fusion — with artificial cervical discs, an all-metal prosthesis intended to maintain motion. The trial is being conducted at 35 clinical sites around the country. Nationwide, 550 patients will be enrolled in the study over a period of two years.


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